I actually disagree with this. LR fishing is absolutely the most bang for your buck of pretty much any type of fishing. Average around $300/day, food and lodging included, more hours/day fishing, limited load trips(compared with open party one day trips), chances at world class fishing. Most of us prefer to own our own gear but you can use the loaner or rental gear and do fine. Compare this to any charter operation on either coast. Owning your own boat can be even more. The only trips I can think of that are less expensive are the mothership trips out of San Felipe.
I think if you add up all the additional costs for fuel surcharge (now added to the published fare price), Mexican permit/fee, parking, crew tip (15% in my case), fish processing, galley tab, jackpot entry, etc. you are going to be more than $300 per day on one of the premier boats. But with that said, LR fishing is still a good value in my book as the size/quality/abundance of game fish regularly caught is much better than local fishing, and if you have ever owned a larger boat/yacht like my family has you know first hand how expensive they are to operate and maintain... as the great comedian and late night show host Johnny Carson once said: "The happiest day of my life was the day I got my new sea going boat... and the second happiest day of my life was the day I sold it!" Boats are nothing more than a hole in the water that you continue to pour money into, salt water is very corrosive and true saltwater anglers know this fact very well. Its the never ending, expensive maintenance that holds most folks back from owning a sea going vessel for any length of time. You also have serious fuel costs to consider in the LR equation while traveling longer distances to more productive grounds, and the cost of that essential element just keeps going higher and higher with no real end in sight. So I agree with you that LR fishing provides a lot of bang for your buck, but it is an expensive sport to participate in for most folks was my thought, especially in a down economy where many are working harder and longer these days to make less net money than they did 3 years ago.
Tight lines and blue skies!